You know the week is going to be fun when the kids get to wear their favorite costumes and parade around the building! This week, we celebrated Purim, learned about the letter W, the story Jack and the Beanstalk, and the concept of a standard unit of measurement with the ruler.
On Monday, the kids were involved in every step of the making and delivering of mishloach manot (also called a Purim basket, which are gifts of food or drink that are sent to family, friends and others on Purim day). We packed 12 gift bags, one for their families and the others we delivered to the office team upstairs. It feels good to give!
Tuesday was the big dress up day and Purim parade. Before the parade, the kids had a choice to make groggers with little bells, sticks, and other supplies. We all enjoyed a sweet Hamantaschen treat afterwards. Thanks to the families who came to watch our little parade!
The Lego building mania continues in our room. With so much effort going into their ships and planes, I have been “saving” them overnight for the kids to add to again each day. When preschoolers revisit their work from previous days, their work adds complexity and the thinking gets more creative.
On Wednesday and Thursday, we read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and began to create a paper beanstalk in our room next to the castle. Great fine-motor and scissor work in cutting along a spiral, as well as storytelling as the kids acted out the story on both days. This classic story has staying power!
On Thursday, we explored the idea of measurement with rulers by reading a book called How Big Is A Foot? By Rolf Myller. In the book, the king wants a bed made for the queen, but since there isn’t a standard “foot” measurement, the builder makes the bed too small. The kids traced each other’s feet, measured how many inches and centimeters they were, and compared them to each other’s feet.
On Friday, we will continue the exploration using rulers, tape measures and clipboards as we go about measuring the school.
A peek at next week: We will learn about the letter X, explore the story Rumplestilskin, and begin exploring clocks and concepts of time.